Soldier among 3 ac­cused in Re­wari gang­rape case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - HT Correspondent

HISAR :Haryana po­lice launched a hunt for three men, among them an army per­son­nel, for the al­leged gan­grape of 20-year-old woman last week, po­lice said on Satur­day.

Haryana di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) BS Sandhu said a po­lice team had been sent to Ra­jasthan, where the army man who be­lieved to be the main ac­cused is posted.

“The other two ac­cused will also be ar­rested soon,” he said.

The di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice said se­nior of­fi­cials will also in­ves­ti­gate if there was any neg­li­gence on part of the po­lice in re­spond­ing to the case.

The po­lice on Satur­day also re­leased pho­to­graphs and names of the three ac­cused —Pankaj, Man­ish and Nishu.

In her com­plaint, the woman said Pankaj and Man­ish drugged her and took her near a well in a car where she recog­nised Nishu af­ter gain­ing con­scious­ness.

She was al­legedly drugged again and gan­graped, she said.

“Med­i­cal re­ports con­firm rape but how many com­mit­ted the crime is a mat­ter of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sam­ples have been sent to the foren­sic lab,” said Nuh su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Nazneen Bhasin, who is lead­ing a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team.

A top army of­fi­cer said the force did not shel­ter crim­i­nals and it would fa­cil­i­tate the ar­rest of the ac­cused.

“If an army per­son­nel is in­volved in the crime we will fa­cil­i­tate that the per­son is caught and booked for rape. We do not shel­ter crim­i­nals,” Lt Gen Cher­ish Math­son, gen­eral of­fi­cer com­mand­ing-in-chief, south western com­mand said, ac­cord­ing to news agency ANI.

The Haryana po­lice have also an­nounced a re­ward of Rs 1 lakh for in­for­ma­tion about the three ac­cused who are ab­scond­ing.

(With agen­cies in­put)

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